it was ok, but it took me forever to read so whenever he kept referring back to little stories or chapters from before I had already forgotten what thit was ok, but it took me forever to read so whenever he kept referring back to little stories or chapters from before I had already forgotten what the hell he was talking about. .. some of the comparative stories were helpful in understanding where he was coming from, but I just felt like his ideas never really became fully formed. he was dancing around topics a lot. nevertheless, this book was a jumping point for many new perspectives for me and I thank Wilson for writing it. maybe I'll read it again some time. I agree that we should be looking at human development from an evolutionary standpoint more often. we're just animals after all....more
**spoiler alert** This was a lot more fun and far less annoying for me to read than Twilight was. SOMETHING happened to Ms Meyer at 17 that she must s**spoiler alert** This was a lot more fun and far less annoying for me to read than Twilight was. SOMETHING happened to Ms Meyer at 17 that she must still be dealing with. Maybe... she was in love with 2 men, and chose the jackass Edward/Jared type her body wanted while neglecting the sensitive Jacob/Ian one (yeah, that's what teenagers do). I feel that somewhere along the way it seems her memories have intensified and overstated the patience and kindness of one man, and the corporeal reaction to the other. In both Twilight and the Host she writes in a happy ending, being able to split herself in two to satisfy both men thereby erasing her guilt. It's VERY obvious in the Host: body goes to one, soul goes to the other.
I don't enjoy how she links female physical weakness with kindness and mercy, it's archaic. I wish that the heroine would evolve throughout the book and become less of a confused emotional wimp... you know, grow up. Maybe I will get what I want as the series progresses. I can get behind this particular weak girl because she's an alien who is not used to her new host body (Twilight: Bella was just pathetic). However, just when she gets used to her strong woman, she switches to the wispy wimpy body of a giggly pale teen who can barely walk, let alone lift anything (there's that mercy and kindness manifesting as physical weakness again). And surprise, she gets to turn 17 again!! Eyeroll.
Despite all my criticism, it was a good enough story that I read all of it (as with Twilight), and I will most likely read the rest of the series. Stephenie Meyer has creative ideas and I like how she writes relationships. I thank her for putting her work out into the world to be enjoyed (or not) and opening herself up to critiques like this. Regardless of my connections with the characters, I admire anyone who writes a novel, especially one that attains such attention and praise. However, Ms Meyer... PLEASE FIND SOME NEW WORDS! I am so tired of "glower"....more
This book would have blown my mind if I hadn't already read "Law of Attraction". It's a great addition to it and I am going to go through with some ofThis book would have blown my mind if I hadn't already read "Law of Attraction". It's a great addition to it and I am going to go through with some of the exercises. It's very similar to Buddhist attitudes, which I love. It all makes sense....more
Hider reported on what he saw with no apparent bias to any side, and I loved it. One of the few books about the Middle East that doesn't present an opHider reported on what he saw with no apparent bias to any side, and I loved it. One of the few books about the Middle East that doesn't present an opinion on who is the worse foe or the justified avenger. I finished the book and felt informed, and almost sorry for everyone involved. Each side is so lost in their dogmas that they cannot be reasoned with, and yet this doesn't make me angry. It was presented with humor and left me questioning all humankind, not demonizing the fighters or their beliefs. We're all capable of this, we're all human....more